Changes to NCEA for 2020

NZQA have announced changes to the NCEA qualifications for 2020, in addition to the changes to the examination timetable announced previously (see updated exam timetable)

Students working towards an NCEA can gain additional credits, based on the number of credits they achieve during the 2020 school year. For every 5 credits a student achieves towards their NCEA through internal or external assessment, they can be awarded an additional 1 credit – known as Learning Recognition (LR) Credits.

Students at NCEA Level 1 are eligible for up to a maximum of 10 additional credits while those at Levels 2 and 3 are eligible for up to a maximum of 8 additional credits.  

Students will be awarded a certificate endorsement if they achieve 46 credits at Merit or Excellence level, rather than the usual 50. Students achieving 12 credits at Merit or Excellence level in a course – rather than 14 – will be awarded a course endorsement.

In consultation with New Zealand Universities, changes have also been made to University Entrance for 2020. UE requirements have been reduced to 12 credits in three UE-approved subjects, from 14 credits in three approved subjects. Students still need to attain NCEA Level 3 and meet the literacy and numeracy requirement to be awarded University Entrance.  Read more at

If you or your son has any questions, please ask his form teacher or one of the following people:
Year 11 – Mr N O’Halloran   (nick.o’
Year 12 – Ms E McAuley   (
Year 13 – Mr J Gray  (
Deputy Principal – Mr V Reddy  ( )